Modern technology brings us together, which is why it is so important that older adults keep their technology skills at least somewhat up to date. This is not the only reason why elderly individuals should engage with modern technology – many apps can help keep users mentally sharp and alert their loved ones in the event of an emergency. If your loved one receives free home healthcare services through United Energy Workers Healthcare and Four Corners Health Care, talk to his or her home health aide about ways to incorporate technology into his or her everyday routine.
Using Technology to Stay in Touch with Loved Ones
It can be very easy for an older adult to become socially isolated. Social isolation is not just lonely – it can be dangerous. Social media, text messaging, and programs like WhatsApp and Skype can keep older adults connected to their friends and loved ones, helping them avoid the challenges of social isolation.
Brain Games and Other Mental Stimulation with Technology
Do not underestimate the importance of regular mental stimulation to keep your parent healthy. The body and mind are intimately connected, and keeping his or her mind sharp can help to keep his or her body healthy.
With a smartphone, tablet, or portable gaming device, there are lots of ways your loved one can receive regular mental stimulation. Find a program that he or she likes, like a crossword puzzle or sudoku program, to engage your parent with technology in a familiar, fun way.
How Technology can Keep your Parents Safe
You can also help your elderly parents stay healthy and safe with apps and electronic devices. A few examples are:
- PocketFinder. This device can be placed on your parent’s person or in his or her vehicle to make it easy to track his or her movements in real time. If you have a loved one who is prone to wandering off or getting lost, PocketFinder can make it easy to find him or her;
- Live!y. These small electronic sensors can be placed around your parent’s home to monitor his or her activity, like whether he or she is taking medication when he or she is supposed to or whether he or she is eating at mealtimes;
- Independa by LG. This smart tv interface makes it easy for elderly individuals to access email, search the web, video chat, and receive daily notifications; and
- Guardian medical monitoring. With this program, you can look into your loved one’s home remotely to see how he or she is doing and communicate audibly.
Your Parents’ Home Health Aide can Help them Live their Best Lives
There are many ways you can help your parents improve their lives, and one of them is connecting them with a home healthcare aide to ensure that they remain in the best shape possible mentally and physically. To get started with our team, contact United Energy Workers Healthcare and Four Corners Health Care today to set up your initial consultation.